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1 Serial Killers

2 Serial Killers – kill 3 or more people over a period of a month –Without a cooling off period Mass murderers – kill many (four or more) all at once; genocide Spree killer – kill many at 2 or more locations with no break in between

3 Who are serial killers? A person who kills several people one after the other, seemingly in a random fashion. Often times victims share a common trait such as physical appearances Usually they have activated some psychological trigger in the killer’s mind

4 Dysfunctional Lives Some of them kill compulsively due to power or sexual urges. Most of these serial killers have a rich imaginary life where they are superior and powerful, and they are successful people. Attempted suicide rates, abandoned fathers Physically abused and bullied as kids

5 Other Traits Pyromaniacs Alcoholics, criminals, liars, mental disorders Kill animals Lower middle class Trouble keeping jobs

6 Jeffrey Dahmer Early life: –Loner in school –Searched for road kill / animals to do ‘surgery’ –Kicked out of military –Heavy drinker at OSU –Public indecency –Eventually moved to Milwaukee

7 The Crimes Homosexual Antisocial personality disorder Registered sex offender young adult males Murderer, necrophiliac, cannibal

8 Trial & Imprisonment Very compliant with lawyers and police Went to prison in Wisconsin – spent first year in isolation Known as JD by many inmates and was well-liked (mostly) November 28, 1994 – found dead in pool of blood after being heavily beaten by other inmate

9 Today Apartment complex torn down Parents still reside in Medina County, Ohio One of most notorious serial killers in American history

10 Jack the Ripper Responsible for the murders of (at least) 5 women in London in 1888 AKA the White Chapel Murderer First killer in large metropolitan area with literate people –Media played large role

11 Brutal murders with knife Internal organs were surgically removed, faces mutilated Identity still unknown Sent letters to media

12 Zodiac Killer Responsible for five known murders in Northern California in the 1960s Could be as many as 37 Targeted people age Left a crosshair like symbol in letters to the Police Identity remains unknown

13 Ed Gein Early life: –As a child: bullied, feminine behavior –No father, mom was abusive –Not allowed to make friends 15 bodies found – all women Dug up middle-aged women that resembled his mother

14 David Berkowitz “Son of Sam” Responsible for killing six women and wounding several others in shootings in the 1970s in New York City. Arrested by the Police on the 10th of August, 1977 outside his apartment in New York.

15 Ted Bundy Raped & murdered women between Used his charm & charisma On the 24th of January, 1989, Ted Bundy was sent to the electric chair.

16 BTK Killer Dennis Rader Strangled / stabbed / suffocated his victims from Bind – Torture – Kill Serving life in prison in Kansas 10 victims

17 John Wayne Gacy Father was abusive Killed at least 33 young men between Pogo the Clown Many buried in crawl space Lethally injected in 1994

18 Cult of followers devoted to me Lived at Spahn Ranch in California Searched for bottomless pit for coming race war Manson claimed Helter Skelter Reached over 100 individuals

19 6 people murdered at Sharon Tate’s House Most stabbed, one shot Leno and Rosemary LaBianca

20 Jonestown Massacre Jim Jones The People’s Temple Moved to Guyana to escape capitalism Agricultural commune Death of Congressman Ryan The murder-suicide – 918 died

21 The Branch Dividan David Koresh Seventh Day Adventists Believed that apocalypse was coming and God was making his second appearance Compound in Waco, Texas

22 February 28, 1993 Federal forces seized compound in search of illegal firearms and explosives Gun fire erupts, 4 agents & 6 Davidians killed FBI launches siege that ends 50 days later 74 deaths

23 Heaven’s Gate UFO religious group from San Diego, CA Believed Earth was about to be recycled Were trying to reach alien space craft, which they believed was following a comet –Was shining at its brightest in March ‘97


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